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Well Being Retreat Center - Event

"Where Silence Is Expressed"

"Awakening to Your True Self"
a Weekend Retreat of Meditation and Inquiry
October 13 - 15, 2023

Photo of Don Oakey, Founding Director of Well Being Retreat Center, Tazewell, TN

Well Being Retreat Center is offering a weekend silent Retreat led by Don Oakley, author of "It's Time to Wake Up Now: The Top Ten Myths that Can Hijack Spiritual Awakening," a five star rated book on Amazon, and by Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Foundation and longtime employee and student of both Adyashanti and Byron Katie.

This event will be held indoors in the Main Conference Building. This weekend retreat package includes lodging, supper when you arrive on Friday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday. You will be responsible for providing meals for yourself on Saturday and for Sunday breakfast.  (All Cabins have kitchenettes. Drinks and snacks will be provided throughout.) 

Photo of Patty Bottari, a Director of Well Being Retreat Center in Tazewell, TN

"It's astonishing how long we can avoid seeing the ever-present reality of our True Nature. If I hadn't done it myself for almost 60 years, I wouldn't believe it to be possible. Illusion is so convincing that we can remain deluded for a very long time, but, fortunately, not forever. At some point Life will maneuver us into a corner where we are left with no choice but to see what we have always been. That may be called Grace."


The retreat will begin with check-in on Friday afternoon October 13th and will end mid-day on Sunday October 15th.  Cost $195 per person including lodging, tuition, two full service meals, and coffee, teas and snacks throughout

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About the Retreat

This retreat is a non-denominational opportunity to explore one’s own true nature – free from the everyday distractions and busyness of our lives. The retreat will be held in noble silence and will include silent sittings, guided meditations, inquiry, structured sharing and discourses by Don Oakley.. Closing Sharing Circle will be led by Patty Bottari. All activities during the retreat are voluntary, of course. However, since these events are generally fully booked, we ask that you remain fully engaged in the spirit of the retreat for the duration of the event.

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This retreat will be held in

noble silence.

There will be opportunities for quiet walks around our 160 acre property, sitting by the scenic Powell River which surrounds the property for 2 1/2 miles, for exploration of Nature, or simply to rest. You will be staying in one of our comfortable cabins. All event sessions will be at main Conference Building.

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Discourses and Guided Meditations

Don will be speaking each morning on the topic "Awaken to Your True Self." He will also lead two guided meditations during the event an hold daily Q&A sessions.

Noble Silence

This event will be held in noble silence beginning after supper on Friday until lunch on Sunday. The purpose is to dedicate your attention inwardly. During this time we ask that you refrain from talking with others, reading, texting, or watching videos. Of course, there will be sessions during the retreat where there will be opportunities for Q&A. 

Silent Sittings

Each period of silent sitting will be an opportunity to simply let everything be as it is – naturally and without effort. You may discover the awake spaciousness that is ever-present – that exists prior to (and during) any effort to control or manipulate our experience. 

Meals & Yogi Chores

Well Being will provide supper when you arrive on Friday evening and lunch at the end of the retreat on Sunday. We will ask for volunteer to help with Yogi Chores (kitchen cleanup) after these two meals. You will be responsible to provide all meals on Saturday and Sunday breakfast yourself. All the cabins have kitchenettes for this purpose. 


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There is a $195 Registration Fee for this event.  This fee covers tuition, your lodging, housekeeping, Friday supper and Sunday lunch as well as drinks and snacks. You will be responsible for your remaining meals which can be prepared in the cabin kitchenettes. 



We are located in Tazewell, Tennessee about an hour north of Knoxville. Click here for driving directions. Check-in will be between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Friday October 113, 2023. 

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If you have questions, please contact Patty Bottari:; Tel: 423-626-9000; Text: 408-510-0660

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